Sept. 12 (UPI) — Two astronauts conducted a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Sunday to prepare for more solar array upgrades.
The spacewalk began around 8:30 a.m. ET and was scheduled to last for about six and a half hours. Live coverage aired on NASA’s TV channel.
This spacewalk is the first one conducted by two international partner astronauts from the space station Quest airlock: European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Pesquet and Hoshide will attach a support bracket to the space station in preparation for the future installation of a third solar array.
They will be working on the inward port side of the station’s backbone truss structure called P4 — close to the space station’s living space.
It’s the fourth career spacewalk for Hoshide and sixth spacewalk for Pesquet.
The mission is the 244th spacewalk and was originally scheduled to happen on Oct. 24.
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will provide support from inside the space station as he recovers from a pinched nerve.